Thursday, June 25, 2009

'LightLane' Gives You Your Own Bike Lane

Start saving your money folks, because I can envision a lot of people running out to buy this little gadget. The gadget blog Gizmodo says this new product called 'LightLane' will be available soon. Using lasers affixed to your bicycle, the LightLane projects a virtual bike lane around you, letting cars know their boundaries and, hopefully, making riding safer for you. It's got it's obvious flaws, such as the fact that it probably isn't very visible during daylight hours, but all in all I think it's pretty cool. No word yet how much 'LightLane' will cost but I'm sure it won't be cheap.

4 comments:

Rachel said...

Am I the only one wondering where this guy's headlight and taillight are? The bike lane's pretty spiffy, but I think it'll work better if the cyclist is properly visible!
;-)

SRTC Staff said...

I notice that it appears he may not be wearing a helmet as well. Of course, if he's not in a state that requires it, he's not illegal. But if they're promoting bike safety you'd think he'd be wearing all the usual gear.. and maybe some extra. As Jeff Selle in our office put it, 'He should be wearing knee pads.'

Hank said...

Perhaps it has the capability to adapt so that even though the bike is not straight, the lights marking the lane remain parallel to the curb.

Quite likely, though, the lasers are violating the laws of physics but not those of Photoshop. :-)

SRTC Staff said...

As I like to say when watching unrealistic action movies, "Don't question the holes in the plot!"

Yeah, I guess this could be one of those products that look really cool in the infomercial, but when it arrives at your house turns out to be two flashlights that you strap to your handle bars. Guess that means someone will have to take one for the team and buy it. I work for the government so I'm poor. That leaves one of you :)

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